Summary of “Everyone Talks About Living Their Best Life. How Do You Actually Do It?”

You don’t need to come from the right pedigree.
What is it that you actually want? You don’t need to construct a vision board, just be honest with yourself.
How much money will it take until you feel accomplished? What experiences do you want to have? Write it down if it helps you put it into focus.
Most successful people spend countless hours working and training to reach their goals.
In order to create the lifestyle that you dream of, you need to surround yourself with positive people that push and encourage you.
If you’re an entrepreneur, you need to meet investors, potential clients and press years before you need their help.
If your dream is to be a digital nomad and travel blogger, you need to develop connections with those in the industry to find out what separates the successful people from the wannabes.
You don’t need to fulfill your goals as quickly as possible.

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Summary of “Disaster Prep: 10 Things You Should Absolutely Have In A Go Bag”

This piece will focus on what to have in a go bag – a pack prepped for when you need to get out of the house within seconds.
You don’t need to do it perfectly; you just need to do it.
Depending on the kind of emergency, you’ll need your ID to access bank accounts and claim other assets you hold.
Cash After a disaster, no one will be able to take your credit card, but you’ll need money for food, fuel, transport, and more.
Then you’ll need a smart, portable way of purifying water.
If trapped, you’ll need to signal rescue workers without losing your voice or expending precious energy.
Don’t skimp on this part of your prep; if you need it, you’ll really need it.
Food You’ll likely work hard during an evacuation-you may need to walk for miles and overcome obstacles.

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Summary of “If A Customer Says Your Product Or Service Is Too Expensive, This Is What You Should Say”

Now, in all honesty, there are a dozen other competitors in our space that offer the same thing.
I’ll tell you where we do win, though: Customer service.
Which means, when a customer is comparing your own company to one of your competitors, you need to be aware that there are only four reasons people truly buy a product or service.
“There are only a few ways you can really differentiate yourself from your competitors,” said Fogel.
“First, you want to start by not sounding like your competitors. Using the exact same terminology and examples makes you sound like everyone else. Second, you need to be inquisitive. You have to ask better questions, and make them feel like you are more knowledgeable than the rest. And third, you have to listen close and understand what it is they’re truly asking for, instead of just responding with blanket statements.”
Fogel went on to explain what to do when a potential client or customer asks the hardest question of all: “I can get your product or service from somewhere else. Why should I work with you?”.
Say something along the lines of, “That’s a great question. But depending on what you’re looking for from a new provider, and depending on your relationship with competitor X, maybe it makes sense that you do nothing and stay with that competitor. Can I make a suggestion? Let me ask you a few very straight forward tough questions about what you are looking for in a supplier, what challenges you’ve had over the years, and then we can figure out together whether I truly add value. And if we decide together there’s a good fit, then you and I could spend the last five minutes figuring out where we might get started on a business relationship. Does that sound okay?”.
Finally, if you notice your competitors are slashing prices, you need to know when to say “No” just as often as you say “Yes.”

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Summary of “Writing In A Journal Has Helped Me Create My Future And Achieve My Goals.”

Writing in my journal every single day is the glue that holds everything else together.
During these disconnected days, you could spend a good amount of time thinking, relaxing, learning, and then writing in your journal.
It’s good to have your phone with you, but only to act upon insights you get while writing in your journal, while listening/reading a book, or while pondering/reflecting.
Recently while writing in my journal, I got the insight to send flowers to some people who have recently helped me.
There is one thing I believe to be the most essential in the morning: writing in your journal.
Writing in your journal is more powerful than simple meditation for the same reason that writing your goals down is more powerful than leaving them in your head. Meditation and prayer are powerful ways to make your journaling session more effective.
Writing in your journal first thing in the morning is essential for training your subconscious mind to achieve your goals.
As it relates to my own writing, I can spend a few minutes sketching articles ideas in my journal, which then makes writing an actual article 100X faster and easier.

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Summary of “5 Ways to Focus Your Energy During a Work Crunch”

Work invariably ebbs and flows, cycling between steady states, where we feel more in control of the pace and workload, and peak periods, where the work crunch hits us hard.
Physicists define resistance as “The degree to which a substance or device opposes the passage of an electrical current, causing energy dissipation.” In the case of a work crunch, the more you oppose what’s happening, the more energy you lose.
Acceptance is particularly difficult given the underlying emotions that an acute work crunch can bring.
The next time you are in a tough work crunch, or you’re experiencing a setback at work, take Rock’s advice to step back, observe your thinking and emotional state, and assign a word to what’s happening, such as “Pressure,” “Guilt,” or “Worry.” By using just one or two words, Rock’s research shows, you can reduce the arousal of the limbic brain’s fight-or-flight system and instead activate the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for our executive functioning skills.
Accepting the situation and labeling our emotions can help to reduce the anxiety that comes with a work crunch.
Other people can be a real energy drain – or gain – during work crunches and set-backs.
Probably the toughest thing of all during a work crunch or setback is how easy it is to beat yourself up, especially when you aren’t hitting your high standards for work or time at home.
To be truly self-compassionate, especially during an acute period of work stress, accept the situation by acknowledging it with awareness and compassion, observe and label your emotions, preserve your sense of choice and agency, communicate with your colleagues and loved ones, and ask for help when you need it.

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Summary of “5 Keys to Making the Most of the 100 Days Left in 2017”

100 days is a great time period for achieving goals.
To use the example of wanting to train to run a marathon in 100 days, it’s not enough to say, “I want to get in better physical shape.” Instead, you need something you can measure-26.2 miles.
The point is to ensure that whatever you’re going to spend 100 days trying to accomplish will ultimately help you achieve a higher purpose.
The last 10 days will either be a cushion, a time to push past your goal, or a celebration, depending on how successful you are.
Each day should be filled in, even if-in the case of a marathon training plan-there might be days on which your daily input is: Nothing.
It also doesn’t matter greatly if in putting together your inputs, you realize you will need a bit longer than 100 days to achieve your goal.
If you were supposed to run five miles yesterday, did you? If you were supposed to cold-call 20 potential widget customers, did you make the calls? And if you didn’t meet your daily goal, how does that shortfall affect your daily goals for the next few days?
By banking 10 percent of your 100 days, you significantly increase the odds you’ll achieve the final goal on time.

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Summary of “How I Use My Journal To Create My Future and Achieve My Goals”

Giving yourself some time to pray and meditate just before you write in your journal puts you in an elevated mental state to write from.
It’s good to have your phone with you, but only to act upon insights you get while writing in your journal, while listening/reading a book, or while pondering/reflecting.
There is one thing I believe to be the most essential in the morning: writing in your journal.
Writing in your journal is more powerful than simple meditation for the same reason that writing your goals down is more powerful than leaving them in your head.Meditation and prayer are powerful ways to make your journaling session more effective.
Writing in your journal first thing in the morning is essential for training your subconscious mind to achieve your goals.
When you write your goals and dreams down first thing every morning, you deepen your own sense of belief and desire in your goals.
Another thing you can do in your morning journal session is write about the ideas you have.
You then write down all the ideas, thoughts, plans, and strategies that come to your mind about what you need to do in order to achieve those goals.

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Summary of “How to live your best #vanlife”

Because this dealt with drilling, running wires behind panels, and things that could catch fire and/or explode if done improperly, I decided to have professionals do it, and I took the van to AM Solar in Springfield, OR. They were reputed to be the best in all the forums I’d read, and they did not disappoint.
A small antenna magnetically attaches to the roof of the van and connects to a box, that plugs into a DC outlet.
My audio engineer friend Greg Sextro even made me a custom EQ setting, tuning the system to the resonant frequency of the van’s interior.
Mood Lighting The van came with a whole bunch of small incandescent bulbs and a few fluorescent tubes.
It’s amazing how much that has changed the look and feel of the van.
Miscellaneous Miracles Because my van was already converted it already had an AC/DC fridge, a microwave, and a two-burner propane stove, so it’s pretty well set-up for cooking, and I’d say I make about 75-percent of my meals in the van.
Basically, any item you select for your van needs to be evaluated for its versatility.
It’s small enough to pack into a little cabinet, but it offers excellent suction, and the detachable hose is critical for getting into tight spaces, which a converted van is full of.

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Summary of “How I Use My Journal To Create My Future and Achieve My Goals”

Giving yourself some time to pray and meditate just before you write in your journal puts you in an elevated mental state to write from.
It’s good to have your phone with you, but only to act upon insights you get while writing in your journal, while listening/reading a book, or while pondering/reflecting.
There is one thing I believe to be the most essential in the morning: writing in your journal.
Writing in your journal is more powerful than simple meditation for the same reason that writing your goals down is more powerful than leaving them in your head.Meditation and prayer are powerful ways to make your journaling session more effective.
Writing in your journal first thing in the morning is essential for training your subconscious mind to achieve your goals.
When you write your goals and dreams down first thing every morning, you deepen your own sense of belief and desire in your goals.
Another thing you can do in your morning journal session is write about the ideas you have.
You then write down all the ideas, thoughts, plans, and strategies that come to your mind about what you need to do in order to achieve those goals.

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Summary of “10 Ways to Make Peak-State Decisions and Invest in Yourself”

You need to put yourself in a position and environment to make the most powerful decision possible.
Remind Yourself Continually Of The Decision You’ve MadeIf you make a decision to live at a higher level, there will naturally be lots of resistance to your living out that decision.
The moment you invest yourself in your decision, you are telling yourself that you’re serious about this.
Because most people don’t make powerful decisions, they don’t understand the necessity and power of investing in themselves and in their decisions.
If you make a bold and powerful decision, you’ll need to invest a lot into that thing.
Invest More - The More Invested You Are, The More Your Identity Will ChangeThe more invested you are, the more committed you’ll be to your decision.
Are you consistently putting yourself into a peak state and manifesting evidence for the decision you’ve made?
You’ll need to put yourself into environments that will allow you to make powerful decisions to change.

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